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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.


african lakes corporation

Simmons & Simmons has advised African Lakes Corporation on its dual listing, which makes it the only company to be listed on both the Nairobi and London stock exchanges. Canaccord Capital, advised by SJ Berwin, acted as its corporate broker and Close Brothers Corporate Finance, advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp, was the sponsor. More than […]

Herbert Smith

Position: First Important cases at the Court of Appeal from October 1999-July 2000: Gillatt v Sky TV – Herbert Smith acted for Sky TV. The case determined that the value of shares in a private company are determined by an independent chartered accountant and there was no question of breaking down the process in this […]

Brief encounter: fenners

Fenners is a small London firm, specialising in corporate finance and commercial property. According to managing partner Robert Fenner, specialising in these two areas has its advantages. One area is busy when the other is quiet, thus ensuring a consistent workflow. Fenners also promotes itself as specialising in technology, including internet and e-commerce law, but […]

The Law Society response

Consumer choice and providing access to good-quality legal advice is essential, and the Law Society welcomes any moves by the OFT that will help us achieve this while at the same time maintaining consumer protection. The Law Society has for some time been looking at ways to widen the opportunities for solicitors to work in […]

Copyright is dead?

When the title for this article was first suggested, online music provider Napster was flourishing, artists and rights owners were petitioning the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Union (EU) on the lack of protection for their rights in the proposed EU Copyright Directive (the directive), and it seemed that technology had finally overtaken the […]

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